2015 BMW X5

sDrive35i RWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I6 auto trans

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2015 BMW X5
2015 BMW X5

New for 2015

The BMW X5 was redesigned for the 2014 model year, and receives only subtle updates for 2015. A leather steering wheel is now standard, and stitching has been changed on models with Dakota or Nappa leather. The remainder of the changes include option packages and line updates. As of October 2014, production the N55 engine (3.0-liter I-6) will displace 3004 cubic centimeters, instead of 2979 cubic centimeters.

Vehicle Overview

The BMW X5, the first SUV the company launched in the U.S., enters its third generation and continues to emphasize the “sport” without giving up the “utility” that buyers have come to expect of the segment. A multitude of available powertrains means there's an option for most buyers in the luxury SUV segment. The X5, which fits in price between the X4 and X6, is BMW's only three-row vehicle..


The 2015 BMW X5 is available with four engines, with the base model offering a rear-drive option call sDrive paired to an eight-speed automatic. All other variants pair the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system with the same automatic transmission.

Model: X5 sDrive35i, X5 xDrive35i
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 – eight-speed auto
Power: 300 hp/300 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 19/27 mpg (sDrive) – 18/27 mpg (xDrive)

Model: X5 xDrive50i
Engine and Transmission: Twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 – eight-speed auto
Power: 445 hp/480 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 14/22 mpg

Model(s): X5 xDrive35d
Engine and Transmission(s): Turbodiesel 3.0-liter I-6 – eight-speed auto
Power: 255 hp/413 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 23/31 mpg

Model: X5 M
Engine and Transmission: Twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 – eight-speed auto
Power: 567 hp/553 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: TBD
Some of the most notable features include adaptive full-LED lighting, adaptive M suspension (with dynamic damper control) and rear axle air suspension, an available Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, adaptive cruise control (with stop/start capability), parallel park assist (driver controls gear selection and accelerator/brakes, while car controls steering), surround view (360-degree overhead view to assist when parking), a rearview camera, a full-color head-up display, night vision (with pedestrian detection), a 10.2-inch iDrive infotainment screen, and a power operated rear liftgate that can be activated by waving a foot underneath the rear bumper.
The 2015 BMW X5 received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing received two ratings of good (the highest possible rating is good).

What We Think

Except for the high-performance X5 M model, the 2015 BMW X5 leans more toward luxury than sport. Despite the capable looks, the X5 is probably best suited for on-road duty, with mild off-road dalliances a possibility. In a Driven Review of a 2014 BMW X5, we found “the personality of the V-8 engine to be somewhat stolid, while the diesel proved livelier, yet the eight-speed automatic really proved to be the dominant player in the powertrain.” The same twin-turbo V-8 resides in the 7 Series, where we faulted it for a lack of responsiveness around town and its tendency to produce unwanted wheelspin when moving away from a stop. The X5 is a luxury vehicle that will make easy work out of a trip to the countryside, but is best suited to mild adventures.
The trouble with the ultra-quick X5 M isn't so much the vehicle itself, but rather the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. As we noted in an Editor's Notebook review of the last-generation 2012 BMW X5 M, “Is the X5 M faster than the Grand Cherokee? More powerful than the SRT8? Yes. But $40,000 faster? Hardly. It also fails to blow it out of the water in terms of refinement.” The situation hasn't changed much (the price difference is around $32,000 now), and refinements to the Jeep's interior have narrowed the gap in quality. Increases in power from the last generation have changed the game in relation to the more expensive Porsche Cayenne Turbo (an SUV we suggested over the previous X5 M) as the BMW now eclipses the Porsche in power and acceleration. It can't hurt to cross shop them all, can it?
You’ll Like
  • Efficient turbodiesel
  • Exterior styling
  • X5 M for your hot-rod SUV needs
You Won’t Like
  • Thirsty twin-turbo V-8
  • Can get pricey
  • Not handily outrunning the Jeep SRT that's $30,000 less
Key Competitors
  • Audi Q7
  • Mercedes Benz M-Class
  • Acura MDX
  • Cadillac SRX
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Infiniti QX70


2015 BMW X5 M Side Profile
The 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M will be unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show, following the introduction of the now third-generation X5 and X6 for the 2014 model year. Like their more pedestrian versions, the 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M receive significant styling and technology upgrades to better align with modern tastes, but the odd recipe for utility, all-out performance, and all-wheel-drive off-roading is unchanged.
Bmw X5 M And X6 M Teaser 01
It seemed inevitable that BMW’s M division would eventually get its hands on the newest X5 and X6 models, and a new teaser video confirms that these go-fast SUVs are on their way sooner rather than later.
BMW X SUVs After 15 Years Front Three Quarter View Of Models 1
Before BMW expanded its lineup of X-badged SUVs into the broad range of vehicles we know today, it all started with one model, the BMW X5, introduced 15 years ago in 1999. As BMW’s first-ever SUV, the X5 was a significant step in the company’s history, and BMW X models now make up around a third of the company’s sales.

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2015 BMW X5 Specifications

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3.0L I6Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
27 MPG
300 hp @ 5800rpm
300 ft lb of torque @ 1300rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 X5 vehicles manufactured September 12, 2014,to September 21, 2014 and equipped with the optional rear comfort seat. The left rear seat belt attachment point in the affected vehicles may not have been sufficiently welded.
In the event of a crash, the seat belt attachment could break and fail to restrain a seat occupant, increasing the risk of injury.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left rear seat frame, free of charge. The recall began November 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Potential Units Affected
BMW of North America, LLC

Recall Date
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 BMW X5 xDrive 35d Sports Activity Vehicles (SAV) manufactured August 19, 2014, to February 16, 2015, and 2014-2015 BMW X5 xDrive 35i, X5 sDrive 35i, X5 xDrive 50i, Sports Activity Vehicles (SAV) manufactured August 28, 2013, to February 16, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the Head Protection System (HPS) air bag may not be securely connected to the air bag inflator gas generator.
Without a secure connection to the inflator, the HPS air bags may have insufficient inflation during a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the Head Protection System, free of charge. The recall began on June 24, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Potential Units Affected
BMW of North America, LLC

NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
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